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Forms​​


VA Form 21-0966 - Intent To File A Claim


VA Form 21-526EZ -  File A Claim

Disability Service Connection

Secondary Service Connection-Increased

Disability Compensation-Temporary

Total Disability Rating -

 Individual Unemployability -

Compensation under 38 U.S.C. 1151 -

 Special Monthly Compensation -

Specially Adapted Housing/Special

Home Adaptation Automobile 

Allowance/Adaptive Equipment -

Benefits Based on a Veteran's

Seriously Disabled Child


VA Form 21-0958 - NOD

​Notice of Disagreement

The first step to appeal


VA Form 21-534 EZ

Application for DIC, Death Pension


Change of Address


TDIU Annual - VA Form 4140


VA form 21-686c

Declaration of Status of Dependents



George F. Woodruff

Soldier – Sailor – Author – Patriot

As a solid member of “The Greatest Generation”, George has served in two wars in two different

branches of the service; U. S. Navy in World

War II and U.S. Army in the Korean War.​ 

In May 2014, George became a resident

of the Trinka Davis Veteran’s Community

Center in Carrollton GA. This book tells of

his journey through this amazing VA

facility and will remain here until….

Just Before Taps



And VA wants more money?

Take two minutes and look at this clip by Rep. Miller.  VA does not have a

resourcing or funding problem; it has significant management and

prioritization issues.  We do not give alcoholics more booze,

we should treat the VA similarly.  /S/ Drew
 Drew Early, Esq.



​​​VA Secretary McDonald urges: Accentuate the positive

“We’re in the midst of a transformation in the VA right now,” he said.

“Our transformation is all about getting centered back on our customer.”












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Fiorina: ‘I’d Fire 400 Senior Executives at the VA’

Fiorina also reiterated that she would dramatically seek to cut the overall size

of the federal workforce via attrition by not re-hiring retiring federal

employees. Fiorina is not the first presidential candidate to take aim at the VA.

Donald Trump also made a promise to fire “corrupt and incompetent

VA executives” in a reform plan he released for the agency

several months ago as part of his presidential campaign.

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VA Hospital nurse now facing reprimand

despite state charges dropped

​It's been nearly a year since the incident in a parking deck took place,

however, just days ago, an internal investigation was launched against the nurse.


​Another report of misconduct investigated at Tomah VA center

Acting director Victoria Brahm has emailed employees reminding them about

the VA's sexual harassment policies after a hospital employee reported

being the victim of inappropriate contact by another worker. 


VA too massive for simple solutions

​Essentially, the writer suggests closing down the VA and placing

it under the Department of Defense. This raises many questions. 


​VA whistleblower says she faced retaliation after reporting

too much "down time" and overtime abuse

Waste, fraud and abuse… that's what a whistleblower says they

saw first-hand at the Bay Pines VA Hospital in St. Petersburg. 

And when she reported it all, instead of taking action against

the reported wrongdoing, she says she faced retaliation.


PTSD Experiences, in Veterans and Civilians

​I retired from the Marine Corps after more than 21 years of active service. 


​Veterans to Trump: We’re not your Megyn Kelly shield

A progressive military veterans group accused Donald Trump of using servicemen

and servicewomen “as a prop to hide behind” in order to get out of the

Republican presidential debate Thursday. VoteVets.org, a nonprofit with

more than 400,000 supporters, said the GOP frontrunner was using

veterans as an excuse to evade questions by Fox News

pundit and debate moderator Megyn Kelly.


Banished US veterans lean on each other south of border

​They served the United States on battlefields from Korea to Iraq, but now they

live in the shadow of the nation they once served,

deported to Mexico for offenses as minor as getting caught with marijuana.



US veteran’s children taken away over his use of medical marijuana
Tensions running high between courts, family attorneys and child 

protective services, who are unsure where lines

are drawn in a world of legalized cannabis


Getting Your Claim Processed Favorably

and Quickly: Some Helpful Hints

Simple Truth #1: Make your claim easy to approve

Simple Truth #2: Tell VA where to find evidence

Simple Truth #3: Often, you can obtain evidence easier than VA


A Drug to Cure Fear

​We urgently need more effective treatments for anxiety disorders.



Videos


Service Connection


The Combined

Ratings Table


​Voc Rehab


Presumptions


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Have you received a letter from VA with an 

IRS Form 1095-B, “Health Coverage” ?


You, VA and the Internal Revenue Service

The Affordable Care Act requires most U.S.

taxpayers to declare they have minimum

essential health coverage on their federal tax form.   

In December, VA will begin a mailed letter

effort to notify all enrollees and beneficiaries

of their VA health care coverage

period in 2015.  Included with the letter will

be IRS Form 1095-B, “Health Coverage”,

detailing VA health care coverage in 2015. 

Veterans and beneficiaries should

use this form to complete

the 2015 income tax forms.  The law also

requires VA to provide this information

to the Internal Revenue Service. 

Mailings are expected

to be completed by the end of January 2016.


For more information about this new

requirement, visit www.healthcare.gov



Here's how to replace military

service records and awards

Army veterans and retirees who served on

active duty or in the reserves and their

family members are eligible to receive a variety of service-related documents for free.

It's just a matter of knowing how.



Veterans, Patriots and Pawns

WHEN Donald J. Trump removed himself from the Republican debate last week and

threw a huge public relations party for himself, he did what many politicians before

him have done: He cynically used United States military veterans to elevate his own

political standing. His alt-rally, called a “Special Event to Benefit Veterans

Organizations,” held in Des Moines, was the type of circus we’ve come to

expect from the former reality TV star turned politician.
Thankfully, the candidate stopped short of ringleading a few acts under

his big top — no Marines on the overhead trapeze, Navy SEALs balancing

balls on their noses or Special Forces walking the tightrope.


VA: Wait Times Recorded Incorrectly at Colorado Clinic

​The investigators didn't say whether the records were deliberately

falsified to make the clinic's performance look better than it was.


Review of Alleged Untimely Care at the

Community Based Outpatient Clinic Colorado Springs, CO 


Inspection of VA Regional Office Little Rock, Arkansas 


Veterans advocate not pleased with VA



Afghanistan, Iraq vets dump on Donald Trump after IED talk in Iowa

​"If a bomb goes off, our wounded warriors, instead of losing their legs,

their arms, worse, they're okay," Trump told the crowd.

"They go for a little ride upward, and they come down. "



Congress outraged over hepatitis C treatment VA can't afford

​Congress is looking into why veterans are being denied

a cure for a deadly form of hepatitis.



Appeals judges reverse punishment for senior VA execs

Veterans Affairs officials' attempt to punish a pair of high-ranking executives over

mismanagement issues has been knocked down by appeals judges who ruled

the department’s other disciplinary moves have been

too inconsistent to justify punishing those two.



Senators Want Moratorium On Dismissing

Soldiers During Investigation

Four U.S. senators are calling on the Army to stop kicking out soldiers who

served in Iraq or Afghanistan and have been diagnosed with mental

health problems or traumatic brain injuries — effective immediately.


2 VA Officials Stole $400,000, Defended by Top VA Official

​A high-ranking Department of Veterans Affairs official on Tuesday defended

the VA’s failure to discipline two employees accused of misconduct, and

blamed the outrage over theirlenient treatment on “considerable

external pressure” by the media and Congress to punish

personnel who may not have done anything wrong.


Costly hepatitis C drug "a slap in the face to the veterans"

​A Congressional hearing will begin Wednesday in response to a CBS News

investigation that showed how a costly new cure for hepatitis C

isn't making it to most of the 200,000 U.S. veterans infected with the

disease, many as a result of their service. Congress has given

$2.7 billion taxpayer to treat veterans with hepatitis C, but only

15 percent have been treated with the drug, one that might

not exist without government funding.


Senators offer legislation to reduce VA appeals wait time

A bipartisan group of senators is offering legislation aimed at cutting down

the amount of time it takes for the Department of

Veterans Affairs (VA) to handle a disability claim. 


Phone system glitch persists for suicide calls to VA Medical Center

More than 10 months have passed since Michael Grubler alerted Veterans

Affairs officials to a glitch in the phone system when veterans

contemplating suicide call the VA Medical Center in North Las Vegas.



The Veterans

Appeals Experience


The System is Broken 


400,000

Veterans have appeals pending


80,000

Veterans have appeals older than 5 years 


5,000

Veterans have appeals older than 10 years 


5 years

will be spent resolving a typical appeal 


There is no end in sight.


Veterans Law Library

​A Comprehensive Collection of Materials

Relating to the Veterans Benefits

Adjudication Process


U.S. Medicine

a monthly publication that serves healthcare professionals working in the Department

of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense

and U.S. Public Health Service.


Veterans Benefits Administration

Fact Sheets


Benefits.gov

Answer questions to find out which

benefits you may be able to receive


Above are the executives who control the Department of Veterans Affairs,

the Veterans Health Administration, the Veterans Benefits

Administration and your VA benefits and your health care.



Dr. Brett Valette provides Military Veterans with psychological

Independent Medical Evaluation, Independent Medical Opinions,

Nexus Letters and Ratings Reviews. For more information visit www.VeteransPsychEvaluations.com



Presidential Memorial Certificates

A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is a

gold-embossed paper certificate bearing the

official signature of the current President of

the United States and honors the memory

of deceased, honorably discharged Veterans.


Veteran & Dependent Burial

in VA National Cemeteries

The National Cemetery Administration honors

Veterans and their families with final resting

places and lasting memorials that

commemorate their service to our nation.


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Where Do I Submit ALL Paperwork?

(Either of these centers will

work if you're unsure)


The VA Claims Intake Center

Western Region

Department of Veterans Affairs

PO Box 5235
Janesville, WI  53547-5235
Toll Free FAX Janesville – 844-822-5246


The VA Claims Intake Center

Eastern Region
Department of Veterans Affairs

PO Box 5235
Newnan, GA   30271-0020
Toll Free FAX Newnan – 844-531-7818





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